Two vehicle accident sends three to hospitals
A Sunday morning accident sent three people to area hospitals after a driver clipped another vehicle as they tried to pass. An officer was also wounded in the rescue attempt.
The Powell County Dispatch Center received a call about a two vehicle accident at the intersection of Highway 213 and Jerrica Leigh Lane Sunday morning. Powell EMS, along with local and state law enforcement officials responded to the area. A helicopter was placed on standby.
According to state police, Billy Flippo was attempting to turn onto Jerrica Leigh Lane from Highway 213. A 2005 Mercury Sable driven by Richard Noble, reportedly from Camargo, attempted to pass Flippo. During the maneuver Noble apparently struck the left front bumper of Flippo’s vehicle. Noble then lost control and went over an embankment. The Mercury hit a utility pole and overturned.
As emergency workers arrived they found three people in the overturned car. “There was a child in the back and she was contorted in a way that the seatbelt looked to be around her neck,” Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Law Enforcement Officer Chad Rice said. Rice had responded to provide assistance.
“She was not hurt real bad and I didn’t realize that the window was busted out like it was,” he added. ‘So when I reached in to help free her, the glass cut my arm. But the little girl was not hurt bad.”
Rice was treated at the scene for cuts to his wrist.
Noble and the minor were taken to the Clark Regional Medical Center by ambulance. The other passenger in the car, Frankie Noble, suffered serious injuries. She was taken by helicopter to the UK Medical Center. She was listed in critical condition.
Flippo was apparently not injured as any injuries or treatments were listed in the state police report.
The accident remains under investigation by Trooper Brandon Eversole.